Jeffrey Brown

  • Patricia Hearst, after being released from federal prison in Pleasanton, Calif., waves her Presidential Clemency document.  (Photo by Joe Kennedy/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
    August 5, 2016  

    In 1974, William Randolph Hearst’s granddaughter Patty was abducted from her California home by members of the radical Symbionese Liberation Army. After subsequent events suggested the teenager had joined the group, she was captured and sentenced — but later pardoned. Jeffrey Toobin tells the story anew in “American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst.” Continue reading

  • NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16:  Writer Colson Whitehead reads his work at The 2009 New Yorker Festival: Fiction Night at DGA on October 16, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for The New Yorker)
    August 3, 2016  

    Colson Whitehead’s new novel considers a startling premise: what if slaves had fled southern plantations via an actual subterranean train? Jeffrey Brown sits down with the author at BookExpo America in Chicago to discuss the challenge of blending fantasy with tragic historical truth and what made Whitehead ready to write this latest work. Continue reading

  • Jesus Christ The Redeemer seen through Olympic Rings at Rodrigo de Freitas Lake, a rowing training session venue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil August 2, 2016.   REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.   - RTSKQD4
    August 2, 2016  

    With the Rio Olympics only days away, the city remains plagued by problems, including political unrest, infrastructure failures and heavy traffic. Jeff Brown speaks with Paulo Sotero of the Woodrow Wilson Center, “Brazilianaires” author Alex Cuadros and NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro for a report on the city’s status just four days before the 2016 Summer Olympics are set to begin. Continue reading

  • An East Baton Rouge Sheriff vehicle is seen with bullet holes in its windows near the scene where police officers were shot  in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 17, 2016.  REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman.    TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTSIFUZ
    July 18, 2016  

    Another city is mourning the fatal shootings of its police officers — this time three in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which exploded in protest earlier this month when white cops killed Alton Sterling, a black man, outside a convenience store. The gunman, an ex-Marine, had expressed anger on social media. Jeffrey Brown reports talks to Col. Michael Edmonson, superintendent of the Louisiana State Police. Continue reading

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    July 7, 2016  

    “Zero Days,” a new documentary by Alex Gibney, lays out a sobering view of the rise of cyber warfare and its acceleration since intelligence agencies sabotaged Iran’s nuclear program. Gibney sits down with Jeffrey Brown. Continue reading

  • Ralph Stanley performs at a campaign event for former Sen. John Edwards at the University of South Carolina in 2008 in Lancaster, South Carolina. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images
    June 24, 2016  

    After a long battle with skin cancer, bluegrass pioneer Ralph Stanley died overnight at the age of 89. Since forming his first band in 1946, Stanley’s haunting voice came to epitomize the bluegrass genre’s “High Lonesome” sound, and he won a Grammy for his performance of “O Death” in the film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” The NewsHour looks back at Jeffrey Brown’s 2002 interview with Stanley. Continue reading

  • Cole Porter
    June 21, 2016  

    The sophisticated rhymes and erudite imagery of Cole Porter’s lyrics made him one of the nation’s preeminent songsmiths. But an overlooked element of Porter’s legacy is the music underlying those lyrics, which Rob Kapilow argues is essential to understanding the work’s genius. In honor of the composer’s 125th birthday this month, Kapilow joins Jeffrey Brown to offer his take on Cole Porter. Continue reading

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, writer and star of the Tony Award nominated "Hamilton", arrives for the 2016 Tony Awards Meet The Nominees Press Reception in Manhattan, New York, U.S., May 4, 2016.  REUTERS/Andrew Kelly  - RTX2CU5J
    June 10, 2016  

    The 70th annual Tony Awards, celebrating the best in live Broadway theater, air Sunday night. All eyes are on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s acclaimed historical hip-hop musical “Hamilton,” which has received a record 16 nominations. But there are a slew of other productions that could garner surprise wins. Jeffrey Brown reports on a crowded and critically beloved Tony field. Continue reading

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    June 9, 2016  

    Since its first performance in 1935, “Porgy and Bess” has earned acclaim as one of American history’s best pieces of musical theater. But over time, many have come to view the opera’s black characters as stereotypes. Now, a new production in Charleston aims to rectify the issue by emphasizing the characters’ — and the city’s — African roots. Jeffrey Brown reports.
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  • Expanded Disneyland California Adventure Park features signs from Route 66 as a theme in Cars Land at the park in Anaheim, California June 5, 2012. The debut of Cars Land marks the completion of a five-year expansion at Disney California Adventure. Picture taken June 5.  REUTERS/Alex Gallardo (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT TRAVEL) - RTR33LDR
    June 6, 2016  

    U.S. Route 66, running 2,400 miles from Chicago to Santa Monica, was once one of the most-traveled highways in the nation; John Steinbeck referred to it as the “Mother Road.” But the rise of the Interstate Highway System led to a loss of traffic, devastating communities that relied on the route’s travelers. Now, Route 66 is making a comeback, thanks to its storied past. Jeffrey Brown reports.
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